Monday, August 18, 2014

Play (Stave Dive #2) - Review

Play (Stage Dive #2)

By: Kylie Scott

Published: March 25, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

304 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick. Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?
MY REVIEW:
This is another fabulously enjoyable story to a hot series! The band members of Stage Dive are literally too good looking to be real, with with their tattoos, cocky attitudes and rock-star status. In the fiction world though they are a hoot to read about! There were many laugh-out-loud moments!

Mal Ericson is the drummer of the rock band Stage Dive. He's been living the life associated with his title and has any number of women at his disposal. His friends have noticed a change in his behavior and demeanor though and they are worried about him. Having had another band-mate to be in and out of rehab they are all on edge with his over-the-top manic behavior.

Anne is an acquaintance of Ev's (she is the wife of guitarist David Ferris - from book one, Lick), and by way of a mutual friend Anne is invited to a party at David and Ev's house. Given the fact that her living situation has just reached dire circumstances and she can either sit at home and sulk or go to a party at a famous rock star's house, she gets pushed to go and ends up having a rather strange encounter with none other than....her teenage rock star crush, Malcolm Ericson!

A strange proposal is offered and she figures - what does she have to lose?! Nothing but her heart.

Favorite Quotes:
And I was so obviously checking him out someone would slap me. If I kept this up, I would slap me. Hard.

"So, I've given this absolutely no thought and decided that you need boundaries, Anne. Boundaries. Are. Your. Friends."

What was it about bad boys? Someone needed to invent a cure.

"You know, I honestly can't decide if your ego is repulsive or just impressive."

"You're such a nice girl, Anne." Mal projected for the sake of our neighbors. "I really like you a lot." "Seriously? That's your version of sex talk?"

Final Rating - 4 stars.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Post #89

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Be With Me (Wait For You #2) by J. Lynn
Buy Link: Amazon ($.99 deal!)

~FOR REVIEW~
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5) by K.A. Tucker
Buy Link: Amazon

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - The Horde Without End by Nazarea Andrews (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Play by Kylie Scott
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

So this week the book-to-movie adaptation of If I Stay comes out. I have plans to go and see it but haven't yet read the book. Need to get on that, don't I? 

I saw several people post this past week that there was only 18 Friday's until Christmas. Geesh! Ya'll - I really need to focus on one holiday/event at a time otherwise I find myself rushing through moments and memories. I don't like living that way. I have always tried to live in the moment, making the most of whatever that was, especially once I had kids. I didn't want to look ahead to when they could talk, or walk, or start school. I didn't want to look back and feel sad that I missed out on important monumental moments in their life. (with exception to maybe potty training since my kids were older, 3 years for my son and 4 years for my daughter). 

We've got FOOTBALL season starting the end of this month. Our team of preference is Auburn! Then there's Halloween and Thanksgiving and in between all of that 7 family members celebrate birthday's. So yeah, Christmas isn't all that far away, but there's a lot of fun times between now and then. So enjoy one day at a time! Soak up all the memories that one day can provide.

In other news, my 7th grader tested for an instrument in beginning band this week. His preferred instrument was percussion but out of 27 beginning band students only 3-4 were going to be chosen to play drums. He anxiously waited all week to hear and on Friday they were given their assignments. He was picked as a percussionist! I loved seeing his smile while he shared his good news with me. 

Lastly, my bestest friend and I celebrated our 16th year of marriage on Friday. We were super young when we got married (19 and 18) but God has blessed our relationship and has been walking with us every step of the way, every high and every low. I'm excited to say that we've come through hard times and continue to share life in this crazy world together. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #67: Opposition

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

Teasers: The magnitude of what had just happened went beyond the loss of life. Today, whatever the date, would go down in infamy as the day the City of Angels just stopped.

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Horde Without End - Review

The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2)

By: Nazarea Andrews

Published: July 21, 2014

172 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon $2.99)

Genre: New Adult, Zombie, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance

Summary:
It was supposed to be over…
Returning from Haven 18 was supposed to be the end. But nothing is ever easy—and in a world full of zombies, finding the missing is next to impossible. There are breadcrumbs. Tiny clues. But what are a few tiny clues in a world of the dead? 
Nurrin is desperate to find her brother, but that will mean trusting Finn O’Malley. A man shrouded in secrets, who kills as easily as breathing. And the more she learns about him, the more questions she has. But she has learned one thing—the zombies are changing. Adapting. And this time, the Haven walls won’t keep them out.
MY REVIEW:
In book two Finn and Nurrin are trying to track down her brother Collin and her boyfriend Dustin. One clue left behind in their cave sets them on a path to a new Haven and each place they come to sends them on another clue. They only have each other to trust and that's easier said than done considering 1. Finn has too many secrets to count and still won't answer questions; 2. Nurrin hates Finn; and 3. The chemistry between Nurrin and Finn is almost more than she can manage.

Book two is told in alternating POV's between Finn and Nurrin. We finally get to learn a few secrets that Finn has, which was satisfying. Though not as sexually charged as book one, they are still fighting their growing attraction towards one another. Finn has promised to keep Nurrin and her brother safe, at all costs. He doesn't do relationships and he knows Collin would never want him to be involved with his sister. The fact that Nurrin hates Finn helps, but as she grows to trust him, she also becomes somewhat confused about her attraction to him.

This book had quite a few grammatical errors. I don't remember book one being that way. That's always frustrating to see in a finished copy. Where book one was more fast paced, I found book two to be a bit slower, perhaps because they aren't so much running from zombies, though the zombies behavior patterns are changing, as they are going from Haven to Haven trying to find Collin and Dustin.

Bottom line - I WANT MORE FINN AND NURRIN!!! As in the words of a popular At&T commercial "We want more! We want more!"

Check out my review of book one, The World Without a Future.

Favorite Quotes:
Finn would move heaven and earth and face a horde alone to find Collin. Which means he is the only person I want helping me.

I will go to hell a thousand times over to have this woman in my arms for even a fraction of a moment.

Final Rating - 4 stars.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Post #88

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Buy Link: Amazon


~FOR REVIEW~
The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
Buy Link: Amazon

Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan
Buy Link: Amazon

True Calling by Siobhan Davis
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:
Teaser Tuesday #66 featuring teasers from The Horde Without End

THURSDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - The Horde Without End
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Not much to report this week. In the way of life my son's first two days of 7th grade went great! He's excited about band and gets tested for an instrument this week. My daughter starts 5th grade on Monday. I have read 3 books in August so far which is a good start to what's sure to be a busy month. Ooh - I also let my kids watch Divergent for the first time on Friday, and again on Saturday. They enjoy it! But are still bigger fans of The Hunger Games.

Enjoy your week and your new books!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

*ARC* Sinner - Review

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)

By: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: July 1, 2014 by Scholastic Press

416 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy. 

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
MY REVIEW:
I hate when I can't remember enough information from previous books in a series and then I feel like I'm missing pieces that could be important. It's been a long time (more than 2 years) since I read the first 3 books in this series. Where I LOVED book one, my ratings went down through the rest of the series.

Book 4, follows Cole St. Clair. I love Cole and his sarcasm, his over the top behavior and attitude. He has such charisma that people flock to him and his music. But he's been MIA for 2 years from the music scene. Most people thinking he was dead. Few people knowing his true secret, that he's also a werewolf. (not the scary kind of course) Having gotten a handle on his life (mostly) he returns to Los Angeles agreeing to be on a reality TV show and in return he gets to record a new album. LA also happens to be where Isabel lives - a girl he once loved and still loves. This story follows his return to the music world, his challenges with addiction and his attempts at reconnecting with Isabel.

Unfortunately this wasn't a story that I just couldn't put down. It wasn't a story that stuck with me for days afterward. It was good. I enjoyed it, but it didn't hold the same caliber that book one, Shiver, had. Never-the-less, I'm still a fan of Cole's and his crazy self.

Favorite Quotes:
I'm a performer, a singer, a werewolf, a sinner.

"Tell me you'll see me tomorrow." ..."Tell me you'll see me the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that."

"Give me everything. Oh, tweet that. That's something I would say."

"Only marry your best friend, Sofia. That's my dad advice."

Final Rating: 4 stars
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #66: The Horde Without End

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2) by Nazarea Andrews:

Teasers: "I know, Nurrin. Keep hating me. If that's what you need, keep hating me."

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!
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